31.5.10

Rice, Asparagus & Avocado Salad


As the temperature rises, so does the appeal of crisp, healthy and delicious summer salads. This recipe does double duty as either an appetizer or a meal. My hubby made an incredible stuffed pork tenderloin so this colorful salad served as a side but if you wanted to add juicy grilled chicken, prawns or salmon it would make for a great meal. This was so delicious, mighty nutritious and will be made again and again!


Rice, Asparagus & Avocado Salad
Adapted from: Cook & Be Merry

Rice:
½ cup uncooked white rice
½ cup uncooked brown, aromatic or wild rice

Dressing:
¼ cup white wine vinegar
½ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1-2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 cup packed cilantro leaves, stems discarded (I used basil)
Kosher salt to taste (about 1 teaspoon) (not table salt)
Dash white pepper

Salad:
½ cup sliced green onions
1 cup seeded cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 cups chopped curly endive, light to medium green leaf parts, stems discarded (optional, I didn't add)
1 pound asparagus, stems peeled, cooked 1-2 minutes, cut in 1-inch pieces (I used white and green)
1 avocado, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
Optional: yellow or red pepper, cut into small strips (I added half of both)

Directions

Cook white rice according to package directions. Chill. Cook brown rice (separately) according to package directions. Chill.

In mini-processor or blender (I used my magic bullet), place vinegar, oil, sugar, garlic and basil. Blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.

In a very large bowl, combine rices, green onions, tomato, asparagus and avocado and any other veggies you're using. Toss with dressing. Serve immediately or chill to blend flavors.

58 comments:

  1. It's true, the hotter the weather, the more appealing salads are. I love this one! Especially the avo and asparagus combination. Great blog, I have to add you to my reader!

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  2. I love your blog!!! <3 I absolutely love looking at pictures of food though it makes me hungry. :D

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  3. You know sometimes i decide i hate something... A few years ago i decided i hated asparagus and avocado too... but this salad looks so mouthwatering, I might have to give it another try... :)
    xxx

    http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

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  4. I adore salads so I'll have to try this one! I just find avocados so tricky - when I need one it's not ripe enough... Thanks for your comment on my blog, by the way. Am following :-)

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  5. Mary I made the lemon muffins:)))))))

    they where so yummy, I'm still dreaming about them:)

    Lots of hugs, sorry I have to close the blog, I'm at work and I feel I'm gonna faint when I see all your goodies:)

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  6. Oh yum! This salad looks and sounds amazing.

    As a vegetarian it's perfect for me, I'm always on the look out for new and interesting recipes. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  7. looks amazing! I know what you mean, too... In the summer all I want to eat is salad :)

    www.romance-is-boring.blogspot.com

    xx

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  8. I can always use a new salad recipe! Especially one as good looking as this! Oh - I bet it would be good with artichoke hearts added ... hmmm. I'll have to give it a try :)
    oxoxox
    Denalee

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  9. Yummiiiiii !!!!
    your recipe looks really nice! I'll test it and I'll tell you if French people will love it...but I think "Yes!"
    xoxo
    Stéphanie

    http://stephanieblogmode.blogspot.com

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  10. That looks absolutely amazing. Love your recipes, great post! :)


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  11. um that loos so freaking good.

    and healthy.

    yum.

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  12. girl, this looks so fresh and yummy! You are right it looks perfect for a warm day!

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  13. OMIGOD your blog is soo cute!! I really find your blog to be really useful!!!

    i am a new follower of yours!
    Follow me back??

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  14. Oh this looks amazing!!! So loving your blog! Thx so much for stopping by mine and for leaving the sweet comment :)

    Dawn

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  15. Awesome summer recipe! I love avocado, this looks great, and I agree, shrimp would be a fab addition! We love to make shrimp and asparagus risotto, it's a summer staple!

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  16. Thanks for sharing this. It sounds delicious! I love everything that is in it :)

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  17. Yum--looks perfect to take on a picnic too!


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  18. This is such a great summer meal! Thanks for sharing.

    mylifeinstyleblog.com

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  19. Thanks for loving my salad and for the link back to my website. Every time I take it to share, I get requests for the recipe. I especially like that you can make it ahead of time and just add the vinaigrette at the last moment. My regards.

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  20. OH my gosh I gasped when I saw this salad. It looks so delicious and healthy! Thanks for stopping by my blog-- I post recipes every Sunday and sometimes in between. Become a follower to make sure you don't miss any :)

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  21. i am making this when my friends come for dinner later this week. It looks soooo good. I am veggie girl and so are my friends, what do you think about the addition of tofu? or possibly seitan (ive never used it in a dish or eaten it but im quite curious about it).

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  22. This looks delicious! I am a fan of asparagus and am always looking for more recipes to use when I come home from the farmer's market. Thank you! Lovely recipes all the way around. Am going to be checking out your strawberry photo below.
    By the way thanks for stopping by the blog. I hope your week is off to a great start!

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  23. ooh sounds sooo good
    im glad i stubled across your blog, i loove it!

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  24. I love cold rice salads, and this one looks delish!

    Donna

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  25. soo many of my favorite ingredients combined into one dish, this sounds and looks heavenly!!

    mary, thanks for all your sweet comments! I also hope we can run into each other some day :) and that you'll cook for me!!

    xox Vicky
    Bikinis & Passports

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  26. oh lovely food blog! i'm not the most motivated cooker but i will let you know if i end up trying anything =)

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  27. That looks delicious... I might also have to try making the cake below today too...

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    x

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  28. Hi, That salad looks delicious, such an interesting combination. I'm definitely going to try it. Love your blog. I meant to leave a message earlier to say thanks for your comments. Cheers, Allison

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  29. What a special summer treat!
    I loooooove avocados!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  30. Oh this salad is right up my alley-
    can't wait to show my husband!

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  31. Gee, this looks so delicious, and healthy, and delicious, and healthy... can't get any better, can it?

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  32. oh my, girl this sounds so tempting and good! I need more healthy recipes like this one!! thanks for stopping by doll, following you now ;) xoxo

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  33. Thanks for dropping by! Your blog is great, I just scrolled through the last several posts and its addictive, I'll definitely be back!
    www.indramaticfashion.com

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  34. I sooooooooo want some this looks AMAZING and yummy I am so going to try to make this one day lol (keeping my fingers crossed)

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  35. that looks REALLY good!
    thanks for stopping by my blog!

    xx
    a.

    amandalee-x.blogspot.com

    ps. i'm following you now!

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  36. so happy I found your blog! I've been constantly looking for some good, healthy recipes :)

    http://jammer10am.blogspot.com/

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  37. This looks so refreshing. I could easily live on rice if I had to. I can only imagaine how fabulous it must be served chilled with avocado, asparagus, and tomatoes!

    I love your blog's tagline btw. :D

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  38. Hi Mary!!
    thanks for stopping by my blog! Oh dear..this salad looks absolutely delicious !
    I'm not a good cook but I'm fairly sure this recipe is easy enough to try.. today?!
    Hugs from me
    Flaviana

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  39. omg.. now I'm really hungry!

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  40. that looks so good! I love to cook!! I think I will try this one super soon!!!

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  41. I love all the recipes you've shared- especially this one since I already have all the ingredients in my house! This will be for dinner by the time Sunday rolls around :)

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  42. Looks so good! Sounds so good! I'm trying to eat healthier these days so I'm definitely going to make this soon. Thanks!

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  43. eeee totally have all of those ingredients in the house.
    guess what i'm having for lunch tomorrow :D
    thanks for the gorgeous comment miss! you're too sweet :) xx

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  44. This looks so healthy and refreshing, I gotta try it sometime :D

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  45. this salad looks great...summery, healthy and it sounds deliscious as well! :)

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  46. Those ingredients are three of my favorite things. I will have to try this out sometime.

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  47. This looks AMAZING! Definitely going to make this over the weekend! Yum!

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  48. oh yuuuum!! this sounds so good!

    thanks so much for stopping by my blog:)

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  49. So I said I was going to make this over the weekend, but turned out I couldn't wait - made it last night for supper and it was SO GOOD! Definitely going to be a summer staple for me! Delicious!

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  50. Ohh, this looks delicious. Another must try for me!!

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  51. i tried this recipe and it was amazing!!! it didn't look as good as yours though...great blog!

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